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Street Libraries

Take a Book; Leave a Book


City of Ryde has teamed up with Street Library Australia to give you the opportunity to install a street library on your property for the use of your community. Valued at $300, we’re giving these away for free.  All you have to do is install it – and love it!

We have ten Street Libraries looking for a home in the City of Ryde and invite applications from residents, child care centres, schools, community organisations, community members, volunteers, and businesses.


We are looking for community minded folk to become excellent librarians. The library must be installed on a property in the City of Ryde Local Government Area that is in your control and you are responsible for its upkeep.

Some preference will be given to locations that will serve a wide and diverse community, as well as applicants that can demonstrate a genuine commitment to installing and caring for the Street library to ensure it thrives!

Applications are now open and close on Thursday 18 October 2018.

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The City of Ryde is working with the community to share books through the installation of little libraries in our public domain. 

A street library is a weatherproof box that is publicly available for anyone to share books.

Street libraries offer a range of benefits to the community including:

  • Encouraging books to be recycled and shared
  • Providing any member of the community access to literature and the joys of reading
  • Providing opportunities for community members to meet, connect and socialise
  • Enlivening and activating public spaces

This project aims to increase community activation through installing public libraries throughout our public domain. The libraries work on an honesty system with the motto “Take a book; leave a book”.

Council’s City Activation team are leading the project, which works with community groups to design and paint the libraries. A location for the street library is identified, and a suitable custodian of the street library is sourced. The custodian is typically a business that is located adjacent to the library whose role is to monitor and maintain the library, and communicate with Council.

Council’s first street library was installed at Boronia Park. This library was designed and painted by children at Boronia Park After Care Centre and the custodian is Boronia Park Framing. This library has been highly successful at activating the once bare space, and the community love the fact that a good read is never far away.

Locations of the street libraries are listed below. Read more about the City of Ryde Street Libraries by clicking on the links:

Street Libraries Gallery

City of Ryde street libraries

Last updated on 17 September 2018